Car importers must use customs clearance agents for the process – Customs


Mr. Justice Njornan Magah Ydjayime, Supervisor at the Bureau of Customs Technical Services

The customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Friday reminded car importers to use the services of customs clearance agents to clear their goods at various ports.

Judge Njornan Magah Ydjayime, Supervisor at the Customs Technical Services Bureau (CTSB), gave the advice indicated for liability purposes and due to the technical nuances associated with customs activities, importers needed the services of customs officers. clearance.

“These officers have been trained by Customs to the level of Senior Revenue Officer, so they are endowed with the technical know-how to deal with Customs,” Yadjayime said.

He said that according to Ghana’s laws, clearing agents were the only ones allowed to clear goods at various ports and borders in the country, noting that after a vehicle has been purchased and shipped by the shipper, the services of a clearing agent were needed.

Describing the customs clearance process at Ghanaian ports, he said officers should then submit the details of the shipment bill of lading, which contains the details of the car into the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS).

He added that customs require the bill of lading to indicate the make, model or special features that explain that this is what is on the manifest that the shipping company sends to customs. Therefore, the bill of lading must match the manifest.

He said that after the declaration is submitted to customs through ICUMS, it then goes through three stages, namely classification, evaluation and supervisor stage.

Mr. Yadjayime indicated that the classification officer then assigns an HS code “a standard numerical method of classifying marketed products” to the car, which gives the specific descriptions of the particular imported product.

At the appraisal level, an agent checks and uses the classification information to assign a value through software installed by customs that provides the value of all vehicles in different areas. The supervisor then checks all the details and approves the incoming invoice.

He said that from the supervisor stage, it goes directly to the registrant who could then accept or appeal the assessment “if accepted, the registrant will have to pay through one of the accepted commercial banks as well as complete the payment requirements of the various actors in the customs clearance chain such as shipping companies and terminal operators.

After getting the release from the shipping company, the declarant can then book for a physical examination, adding that the terminal processing fee, however, was also prior to customs examination.

He mentioned that if the examination was successfully checked, Customs would allow delivery of the cargo, following preventive checks at the port exit points, indicating that the various checks and balances were essential to ensure that no leakage of cargo was carried out. income or security involvement has been incurred.

Addressing the disparities in rights, Mr. Yadjayime noted that the differences in the rights of the same vehicle could be due to disparities in exchange rates at different times of customs clearance as well as to the origin of the vehicles.

He added that vehicles with special features may also be subject to more rights even though they may be of the same model. It was therefore important that importers take note of these distinctions and also familiarize themselves with the customs clearance process.


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